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Mikel Arana has been appointed as the new director-general of the Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ). Arana was approved by the Council of Ministers after his appointment was proposed by Alberto Garzón, the Minister for Consumer Affairs.

Arana is currently an auditor of the Economic Control Office of the Basque Government. He also teaches at the University of the Basque Country.

Arana had previously been a member of the Basque Parliament as a member of the United Left, serving as vice president of the commission for social policies, labour and equality; as well as working for the Basque Department of Housing and Social Affairs.

Arana succeeds Juan Espinosa García, who served from January 2017 to January 2020, before taking a new role within the Ministry for Consumer Affairs.

“From the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego, we thank Juan Espinosa for the work carried out over the years as well as the leadership in its management, which has managed to position the general direction as one of the international benchmarks in the sector. All the current team of the general management wish him the best in this new stage,” DGOJ said.